President Anastasiades: Creative talks at Conference, no progress on internal aspects

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, described Thursday’s morning talks at the conference on Cyprus as creative. However, he said that no progress has been achieved in the afternoon session on the internal aspects or procedure of the Cyprus problem.

In statements to reporters at the end of the second day of deliberations at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, Switzlerland, Anastasiades said the talks will continue on Friday with separate meetings both he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will have with the SG’s Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide and then at 1030am local time, with SG Antonio Guterres who arrives on Friday.

Asked if there has been any change concerning Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s proposal, the President replied no, no change, adding that what the Turkish diplomat is indicating is that if there is progress on the five chapters under discussion, he will see what he can do through the proposal. President Anastasiades replied and I said, not to say more, that it’s good to know what the real intention is and whether we may be able to further negotiate the five chapters.

To a question if they are looking for a common way to achieve this, he said exactly.

Asked if the Turkish side insisted on the issue of the four freedoms, President Anastasiades said the issue was raised. However, he said, this is not a priority in the intercommunal dialogue since what concerns Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots is more important than what concerns Turkey.

Invited to comment on reports that there was a crisis at the negotiations, the President explained it was not a crisis, but an impasse, in the sense that we need to find the way to discuss the issue we are here for and is considered the most important, that of security, guarantees, withdrawal of troops. At the same time, of course, internal issues or pending issues will be discussed. “

To a question if they found a way out of this, the President replied, not yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency